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Horror Express -- An English anthropologist has discovered a frozen monster in the frozen wastes of Manchuria which he believes may be the Missing Link...
Horror Express -- An English anthropologist has discovered a frozen monster in the frozen wastes of Manchuria which he believes may be the Missing Link...
Horror Express -- A monster is found frozen in the bleak remoteness of Manchuria that is believed to be the "missing link" in anthropology. It is transported to Europe on the Trans Siberian express and begins to thaw out with dreadful consequences.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Arnaud d'Usseau (screenplay) and
Julian Zimet (screenplay) (originally as Julian Halevy)
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Release Date:
December 1973 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Can it be stopped? See more »
Plot:
An English anthropologist has discovered a frozen monster in the frozen wastes of Manchuria which he believes may be the Missing Link... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
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(55 articles)
Tyburn Films: British Horror’s last line of Defence
 (From Shadowlocked. 4 July 2014, 6:30 AM, PDT)

John Cacavas, Prolific TV, Film Composer, Dies at 83
 (From Variety - TV News. 30 January 2014, 8:45 PM, PST)

R.I.P. TV/Film Composer John Cacavas
 (From Deadline TV. 30 January 2014, 4:10 PM, PST)

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Red Eyes, White Eyes - on a Train,Draining Brain See more (122 total) »

Cast

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Christopher Lee ... Prof. Sir Alexander Saxton (as Cristopher Lee)

Peter Cushing ... Dr. Wells

Telly Savalas ... Captain Kazan
Alberto de Mendoza ... Father Pujardov
Silvia Tortosa ... Countess Irina Petrovski
Julio Peña ... Inspector Mirov
Ángel del Pozo ... Yevtushenko (as Angel del Pozo)
Helga Liné ... Natasha
Alice Reinheart ... Miss Jones
José Jaspe ... Conductor Konev
George Rigaud ... Count Marion Petrovski (as Jorge Rigaud)
Víctor Israel ... Baggage Man
Faith Clift ... American Passenger
Juan Olaguivel ... Creature (as Juan Olaguibel)
Barta Barri ... First Telegraphist
Peter Beckman ... Second Telegraphist
Hiroshi Kitatawa ... Grashinski
Vicente Roca ... Station Master
José Canalejas ... Russian Guard
José Marco ... Vorkin
Allen Russell ... Captain O'Hagan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fernando Villena ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Eugenio Martín  (as Gene Martin)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Arnaud d'Usseau (screenplay) and
Julian Zimet (screenplay) originally as Julian Halevy

Produced by
Bernard Gordon .... producer
Gregorio Sacristán .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Cacavas 
 
Cinematography by
Alejandro Ulloa 
 
Film Editing by
Robert C. Dearberg  (as Robert Dearberg)
 
Production Design by
Ramiro Gómez  (as Gomez Ramiro)
 
Set Decoration by
Ramiro Gómez 
 
Makeup Department
Rafael Berraquero .... assistant makeup artist
Fernando Florido .... makeup artist
Romana González .... assistant hair stylist
Julián Ruiz .... makeup supervisor
María Nieves Ruiz .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
José María Ramos .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gil Carretero .... assistant director
Vicente Escrivá hijo .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
John Chisholm .... props
Juan Gracia .... property master
Julián Martín .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Manuel Ferreiro .... boom operator (as Manuel Ferreiro Sierra)
Antonio Illán .... sound supervisor
Luis López Díaz .... sound recordist
Enrique Molinero .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Pablo Pérez .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Stevens .... optical effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Teo Escamilla .... camera operator
Simón López .... still photographer (as Simon Lopez)
Luis Peña .... focus puller (as Luis Pena)
Antonio Vega .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrés Fernández .... wardrobe master (as Andres Fernandez)
Carmen Manzano .... wardrobe mistress
Charles Simminger .... wardrobe supervisor (as Charlie Simminger)
 
Editorial Department
Fernando Megino .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Katrina Bayonas .... unit publicist
Rafael Perez Murcia .... set assistant
José Luis Rubio .... production assistant
Isabel Ruiz Capillas .... script supervisor (as Maribel Ruiz-Capilla)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Panic in the Trans-Siberian Train" - International (English title)
"The Possessor" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
91 min (Blu-ray Edition) | USA:88 min | Spain:84 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (1990) | France:U | Germany:16 | Norway:15 | Spain:13 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1994) | USA:R

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Trivia:
Filmed in December 1971, the first Christmas for Peter Cushing since the February 14 death of his beloved wife Helen. Christopher Lee's family made it as warm an affair as possible for Cushing, who would grieve for his lost wife for the remainder of his life, often playing roles that mirrored his own sadness. Despite the freezing working conditions and "abominable" food, this film provided one of the few co-starring roles where the two actors get to work in unison, rather than opposing one another, with Cushing getting the most amusing lines.See more »
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Anachronisms: Correction to the first entry. In 1914 the name Saint Petersburg was changed to Petrograd. Moscow became the capital on March 12, 1918, after the first Russian revolution but before the Bolshevik seizure of power in October/November, 1918.See more »
Quotes:
Yevtushenko:I'm an engineer. A scientist. And this is ordinary chalk. How do you explain it not writing on that crate?
Professor Saxton:Hypnosis! Yoga! These mystics can be terribly convincing. They can even hypnotize themselves.
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Red Eyes, White Eyes - on a Train,Draining Brain, 3 March 2006
Author: Bogmeister from United States

All aboard the Trans-Siberian Express - non stop to the shores of hell. That's the interpretation of the priest character on board. But he's off-base; it's an alien monster that's causing all the trouble - a monster derivative of "The Thing" story, but about 10 years before John Carpenter presented his version. The creature is literally millions of years old, having passed through various forms as life evolved on Earth; then someone makes the mistake of storing it on board in a frozen apelike fossil. Next thing you know, certain individuals are behaving strangely, with glowing red eyes, and others turn up dead with eyes whited out (and brains drained). This, of course, benefits from the umpteenth pairing of Lee and Cushing; Lee is the arrogant scientist here and Cushing is again a doctor. Much of the entertaining dialogue stems from the conflict between science and religion, during the transitional phase of the early 20th century. The priest rants on about Satan; Lee calls it rubbish. Here's a typical quote from the priest: 'There's the stench of death on board this train; even the dog knows it.' The dog belongs to a couple of aristocratic Russians on board.

At the one hour mark, Savalas shows up as a power-mad Cossack with his soldiers, ready to kick everyone to hell and back. He manages to make quite an impression in the next 15 minutes as the death toll escalates. He and the two leads (British all the way) sort of ham it up, as if knowing they're in some crackerjack cheesy horror material, but there's also quite a bit of eeriness to the proceedings. The filmmakers managed to get the nice train set from an earlier big budget production and made good use of it. The train itself becomes nearly another character, hurtling through the dark with snow and a chill wind all around, and the interior set design is quite good. The musical score is also unusual; when one expects ominous tones during some sequences, instead we get a kind of tuneful melody. But the best thing about this is the concept itself - this thing, this form of energy, having been around forever and theoretically capable of curing all our ills, contents itself with the easy kill. Boy, does it like to drain brains.

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